Overview of our Estonian Rural Experience (As In The Guardian)
As featured in The Guardian newspaper in the UK, this is a beautiful, luxurious introduction to rural Estonia - perfect in winter, spring, summer or autumn as it is an everchanging environment.
A manor house, a cooking lesson, meet the locals day trips, Soomaa & Lahemaa national parks, a stunning art-deco villa and of course time to explore medieval Tallinn. Get out of town and indulge in the pure Estonian rural countryside, unspoilt landscapes and an abundance of nature and wildlife. All of this whilst staying in some luxury accommodations that make this trip extra special.
If you have already visited Tallinn, let us know and we can alter the itinerary to suit - more time in rural Estonia is always an attractive option; for body and mind!
Come and discover Estonia - it's manor houses, locals, cuisine, hidden gem accommodations, nature and wildlife! Time spent here is good for the soul...
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Itinerary for our Estonian Rural Experience (As In The Guardian)
DAY 1 Arrival Transfer (Airport)
You will be met in the arrivals hall by your driver who will be holding a card with your name written on it for your private transfer from Tallinn airport to your hotel in Tallinn.
This charming hotel is a great favourite with our clients. The 3* Taanilinna is in a lovely quiet street in the heart of Tallinn's Old Town. This small and cosy hotel offers excellent service and attention to detail. The hotel has lots of character and is the perfect choice for those that like staying in quiet, friendly and cosy accommodation in a great old town location. It has a lovely little restaurant where a simple breakfast is included in the price (sandwich, fruit, yogurt, coffee/ tea) and where you can also enjoy lunch or an evening meal.
DAY 2 Tallinn 3 Hour Private Walking Tour
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for your 3 hour privately guided walking tour Tallinn.
The tour includes both the upper old town Toompea and the lower old town that was a member of the Hanseatic League. In the upper old town you shall see: Palace Square with the baroque Toompea Palace now the Parliament House and the 19th century St.Alexander Nevsky Cathedral; then the oldest church in Tallinn the 13th century Cathedral of St.Mary the Virgin or the Dome Cathedral, a nice panorama from one of the view platforms, the18-19th century dwelling houses. In the lower old town you shall see the 15th century late gothic Town Hall the 15th century pharmacy, medieval guild and merchant’s houses. You also visit the area of the former Dominican monastery with picturesque artists workshops in medieval houses. You will also visit parts of the old ring work with towers /Kiek in de Kök ,etc/and pass through many romantic old streets like Long and Short Leg and more.
DAY 4 Lahemaa National Park & Cooking Lesson At Mer Mer
Privately guided day trip to Lahemaa national park with a cooking lesson at Mer Mer gourmet home restaurant.
Only 70 km east from Tallinn, Lahemaa national park was the first national park of the former Soviet Union. Given its size it is one of Europe's biggest national parks. Four large peninsulas are separated by four bays, with wild beaches and old fishing villages. Within the park are four manor houses; the baroque Sagadi Manor, Palmse Manor and Kolga manor are all well worth visiting and are grand stops for sightseeing in the park.
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 10am. After an hours drive we will visit your selection of the following places according to weather and time:
Palmse manor house - one of the most grandiose manor house ensembles in Estonia and a wonderful overview of Estonian manor life and architecture through the centuries.)
Altja fisherman’s village - Altja is a typical traditonal Baltic seaside village, with all of its houses stretching along one street. The Uustalu and Toomarahva farms at Altja are typical coastal farms and have been restored by Lahemaa National Park. On the point at Altja you can see the fishing net sheds which were reconstructed on the basis of old photographs and the memories of the villagers. The village also has its own swing and tavern, where you can try local dishes.)
Käsmu village and peninsula - Käsmu is a beautiful small coastal village set in the Lahemaa National Park on the north coast of Estonia. It is steeped in maritime history and known in Estonia as the "Captains Village". Käsmu was also used by, and home to, many smugglers of salt and fish in the past century. Between 1884-1931 it was home to the Estonian School of Navigation (or Nautical School), which is now replaced by the welcoming and interesting Käsmu Sea Museum.
Viinistu art museum - (Viinistu Art Museum has permanent exhibitions of both classical and modern Estonian art, and often hosts international travelling exhibitions.)
Viru bog walking trail - The Viru Bog Nature Trail is a 3.5 kilometre nature trail that consists of a wooden walkway built right on top of one of Estonia's many bogs (approximately one third of Estonia is wetland).
Cooking lesson at Mer Mer
Mer Mer (one of the best 50 restaurants in Estonia), situated in the old fishing village of Kolga-Aabla on the Juminda peninsula, serves delicious food made with local ingredients accompanied by some excellent French and Italian wines. In summer they seat diners in their summer house, while in winter you are seated in their cosy house itself. Open all year round, but you should always reserve a table in advance, since numbers are restricted. The restaurant seats up to 25 diners in summer and 16 in winter. Your cooking lesson in Mer Mer includes making of 3 course lunch together with chef Merrit and tea, coffee, water. Any other drinks are paid for separately.
At the end of your day trip, your driver-guide will deliver you to Vihula Manor where you will stay for 2 nights.
Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa
Vihula Manor Country Spa is a hidden treasure on the Northern coast of Estonia, set in the beautiful Lahemaa National Park. This elegant manor estate, which dates from the 16th century, has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. Offering a collection of different accommodation, you can stay either in the main manor house or in sweet little out buildings such as The Laundry Cottage or the Pigeon House; it feels like staying on the set of a historic BBC drama! As well as the very beautiful immediate surroundings this is a lovely place to explore. Wild beaches are only a 30 minute cycle ride away (you can hire excellent bicycles from the Hotel), and various traditional manor houses, which you can visit, dot the landscape.
DAY 5 Day free to enjoy Vihula Manor and the surrounding countryside
DAY 6 Vihula To Parnu Private Transfer
Our driver-guide will pick you up from Vihula Manor and drive you to Parnu.
Located in the quaint seaside town Parnu, this is how to visit the Estonian coast in style! The Art Nouveau 4*+ Ammende Villa is a wonderful place to stay. Built by a wealthy German merchant Hermann Ammende, for his daughters wedding reception in 1904, the Villa has been lovingly looked after with most of the original details preserved or restored. The Villa is situated in the heart of an idyllic oak garden, where in the summer concerts are held. Inside the main feature of the reception area is a stunning wooden staircase sweeping down from the first floor, with hand painted ceilings and walls, beautiful chandeliers and traditional noble stoves with glazed tiles; you will feel like you have stepped back in time. The hotel has three superb sitting rooms, perfect for catching up on your reading list or simply relaxing with a cup of coffee. There is the Red Salon with wooden parquet floors, red walls with mille-fleur paintings and antique furnishings. The Green Salon has magnificent ceiling paintings and unique antique wooden furniture and the Billiard Salon where there is a Russian billiards table and a small bar area.
Add something special to your stay: SUNSET DINNER IN THE TOWER OF AMMENDE VILLA
High up in the Ammende Villa tower, away from everything and everyone, you and your partner can enjoy a romantic sunset dinner by candlelight: champagne at sunset, delicious dishes, and excellent wine. One of the most romantic evenings you can spend together; unique, relaxing and elegant. Price of the 4-course dinner with drinks upon request.
DAY 7 Soomaa Private Day Trip
The perfect way to explore the Estonian nature and wilderness, with our wonderful local guides on a day trip to Soomaa national park. Meet the locals, learn about the nature and simply enjoy being in some of the most stunning, tranquil, unspoilt nature in Europe. You can meet your guide at Soomaa, or be picked up from your accommodation if you need a transfer. During your day you will enjoy a picnic lunch in the heart of the nature and can choose from one of the following activities: canoeing on the river, hiking in the bog (bog walking and/or bog shoeing), paddling dugout canoe, picking and tasting mushrooms and wild berries, tracking wildlife, kick sledding, snowshoeing & back-country skiing.
DAY 8 Parnu - Tallinn Private Transfer
Private transfer with our driver-guide between Parnu and Tallinn to take you to Tallinn airport for your flight home.
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